Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:4-7

16 April 2012

Imagine if...

Imagine if all Christians, as a normal part of their discipleship, were caught up in a web of regular Bible reading - not only digging into the Word privately, but reading it with their children before bed, with their spouse over breakfast, with a non-Christian colleague at work once a week over lunch, with a new Christian for follow-up once a fortnight for mutual encouragement, and with a mature Christian friend once a month for mutual encouragement.

It would be a chaotic web of personal relationships, prayer and Bible reading  - more of a movement than a program - but at another level it would be profoundly simple and within reach of all.

It's an exciting thought!

From The Trellis and the Vine (page 57) by Tony Payne and Colin Marshall (Matthias Media) and quoted in One to One Bible Reading (page 12) by David Helm


Karen said...

This is a great book. We bought it a few months ago at the church bookstall. It's quick to read and is full of practical hints about how to set up one to one Bible reading.
My husband has just finished reading it as he's doing some Bible reading with a guy at his work. He said it was really helpful too.
I'm still trying to organise getting together with a friend to do my one to one reading (the friend who recently lost her it has been hard for her) but when we get to meet up I'm sure I will be referring back to this book often.
There you go...the two minute book review you didn't ask for...

Meredith said...

Thanks for your two minute review. Maybe I should cut and paste it instead of the ten hour review that I am writing. Ironic, given the book is so short and concise!

I hope you get to read the Bible with your friend. It is such a wonderful thing to do together.

Now, how is your top five (or ten) list going?

Sarah said...

I've just received this book in the post to read and review for the Matthias Media Free for Bloggers programme. I'm really looking forward to getting into it.

Meredith said...

You will love it Sarah. I can't wait to see where it takes you given the way God is at work in your life at the moment. Let us all know how it goes.

Jean said...

Sounds like life. :)

Meredith said...

Me too Jean. And what a great life. :-)